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Monday, November 7
 

4:00pm

TRETC Pre-Conference: Finch Tales - Story-telling with Finch Robots - Birdbrain Technology

Integrate robotics and programming whenever your students need to write.  Inspire your students to write and illustrate informational, persuasive, fictional and more texts with the Finch robot. In this hands-on session, you will learn to program the Finch and write a short text for your Finch to star in. 


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Exhibitors
KH

Katie Henry

Bird Brain Technologies


Monday November 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
200 Level, Montour HS

4:00pm

4:00pm

TRETC Pre-Conference: Sense of Place Through Time and Space:Enhancing the Experience through Media and Augmented + Virtual Reality

This workshop is designed for participants who are curious about approaches for connecting places across time using digital technologies. The archival collections from the Heinz History Center will be featured alongside modern technologies such as the Google streetview time machine and augmented reality applications. The group will explore these trending tools and applications and brainstorm authentic uses for integrating archival materials and technology in to the classroom.


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Monday November 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
200 Level, Montour HS

5:30pm

TRETC Pre-Conference Cocktail Reception
Registered Attendees: Please join us for a pre-conference reception at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  Complimentary appetizers and two drink tickets per person will be provided.  Cash bar will be available for additional purchase.


Monday November 7, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, The Runner Stone Mill House Restaurant and Bar 777 Aten Road, Moon Twp., PA 15108
 
Tuesday, November 8
 

7:30am

Check-In, Continental Breakfast & Networking
Tuesday November 8, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
Montour High School 223 Clever Road, McKees Rocks, PA 15136

8:30am

Welcome and Kick-Off Session
Tuesday November 8, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Montour HS Auditorium McKees Rocks, PA

9:10am

Facilitating Innovation
Limited Capacity seats available

Presentation uploaded in Powerpoint format at 11/8 - 10:41am

Google Sheets link here:  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ThlC5TTx9_-tDCDflvTAecNqxYRH6GfUulLPRX9nECI/edit#slide=id.g17b45fd7fd_0_7

Optional pre-session survey available here - https://goo.gl/forms/xxQfgbvQEnMJcSkC3

Innovation in schools can be challenging to entertain, support and sustain. So often we are behind the 8 ball just trying to keep up with the essentials that there is no time to experiment or no extra capacity with which to experiment. While we know that teaching experienced teachers new tricks can often be challenging it can be done. It is nary possible to teach old infrastructures new tricks. How do schools prioritize the importance of up to date infrastructure when new networking equipment, servers and SANS hardly compete with the sex appeal of one to one computing?

Speakers
avatar for Ron Reyer

Ron Reyer

Director of Technology Services, Bethel Park School District
Technology innovation in education.



Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 308

9:10am

EdTech Design Challenge: Effective Blended PD that Promotes Real Educator Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

First, we will elicit teachers and administrator likes and dislikes about PD and discuss how to best promote collaboration among students and among teachers. Then we will present a set of best practices for promoting collaboration. Second, we will present the design challenge of infusing more purposeful collaboration into your school and classroom using a blended model and then we will review the ground rules and constraints. Participants will spend a majority of the time working on the challenge and present a storyboard or concept poster to the group. Third, groups will share an elevator pitch of their product. We will close with a discussion of design themes that emerged as well as discipline-specific methods for promoting collaboration.

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avatar for Jordan Lippman

Jordan Lippman

Executive Director, ISA Learning, Inc.
Ask us about our new cross-sector Collaborative Leaders fellowship program - We are looking for leaders from education, innovation/technology, and social justice for the Spring 2016.

Speakers

Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 318

9:10am

Stay Calm and Make a RUKUS
Limited Capacity seats available

“A discussion around what I learned from Seth Godin’s altMBA. I solemnly swear we will make a ruckus.”

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Whitehead

Stephen Whitehead

Associate Provost of Innovation, California University of Pennsylvania
Steve is uncomfortable in the company of 'status quo". This may be due to his being the youngest child who never really understood "no". Or it may be driven by his natural curiosity (which some find annoying) either way he firmly embraces the "happy instigator" role wholeheartedly. He is your man if your looking to "stir the pot".


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 306

9:10am

Bring the Smithsonian to your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

The Smithsonian Learning Lab was developed to inspire the creative use of more than a million digitized materials for teaching and learning. Teachers and students can create customized collections of resources, add personalized notes and tags, incorporate discussion questions, and share resources in ways that engage learners. The Learning Lab infuses real-world experiences into learning to build lasting knowledge and critical thinking skills. Come and learn how to design your own Learning Lab activity using Smithsonian resources.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Harris

Kate Harris

Smithsonian Learning Lab


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 324

9:10am

Creating an Engaging Elementary Classroom with and without Technology
Limited Capacity filling up

In my presentation, I would like to show other elementary teachers of how we can further engage our students with the use of technology as well as without. I will include ways to integrate some of the most popular student sites/apps in our curriculum. I will also discuss how to create an engaging environment with furniture and with student led instruction.

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avatar for Beth Hobbs

Beth Hobbs

Montour School District


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Montour HS Auditorium McKees Rocks, PA

9:10am

Pokemon GO: Cross-curricular Xanadu or Time Wasting Classroom Distraction
Limited Capacity seats available

We expect our students to learn and try new things every time they enter the classroom. but what happens when we put ourselves in their place?  This summer, I challenged myself to learn how to play PokemonGO, a VR Game. It gave me a better understanding of how my students might feel when I give them new materials or tools to learn something new.

I will share what I learned from exploring PokeStops, evolving Pidgeys, and gaining XP to level up in Pokemon GO and how this Virtual Reality Game can be used to generate interest in geography, local history, math, creative writing, and technology while promoting critical thinking, digital citizenship, social skills, and problem solving.

I will also share resources for incorporating PokemonGo THEMES accross the curriculum using other APPS and tech tools.  Many of the ideas presented can be adapted for use with other games. 



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avatar for Zee Poerio

Zee Poerio

k-8 Computer Teacher, Diocese of Pittsburgh / St. Louise de Marillac School
Zee Poerio is the k-8 Computer teacher and advisor for the Student Technology Team at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she has been teaching for 18 years. Serving as a Teacher Ambassador for CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and on multiple committees for the American Classical League, Zee’s passion is connecting modern technology with ancient studies. @MagistraZee loves... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 320

9:10am

Game Design Principles
Limited Capacity filling up

Play is a way to make learning irresistible to learners, while also serving as an optimal vehicle for student-led design. Understanding and implementing this process allows both students and teachers to create games that are fun, engaging and purposeful. This session will focus on the foundational principles of game design as well as how to employ those principles in both analog and tech-based applications.

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avatar for Emily Hickman

Emily Hickman

Research and Media Specialist, Avonworth School District
Gaming, GAFE, Student Tech Teams, PBL


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 309

9:10am

Give Your Student News Program an Update
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how one school district moved their student news program from TV to the internet. The students began with one camera and one computer and are now producing a live YouTube program with student-created content.

Co-Speaker
Speakers
avatar for Kris Hupp

Kris Hupp

Director of Technology & Instructional Innovation, Cornell School District
Kris Hupp is the Director of Technology & Instructional Innovation at Cornell School District in Coraopolis. He earned his B.S. Ed. at Slippery Rock University and his M.S. Ed. at Duquesne University. He is a member of the Heinz History Center’s Educator Advisory Board, Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC) planning committee,, and the Remake Learning Network. In 2013 he was a co-recipient of the World Affairs Council of... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 305

9:10am

Let's talk about SAMR
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on how instructional and technology coaches can apply the best practices for professional development and adult learning theory to develop meaningful professional development activities which will increase educators understanding of the SAMR model. Those who attend this session will leave with a variety of web-based resources to plan and deliver professional learning activities to meet the needs of their staffs.

For view only access to the presentation:  https://docs.google.com/a/northallegheny.org/presentation/d/1t2e13hmetEkJwkHDjYt82Jfio14i4_VhoDYCBaOiWVI/edit?usp=sharing
 

Speakers
avatar for Karyn Dobda

Karyn Dobda

Coor. of Online Learning and Professional Development, North Allegheny School District
Karyn Dobda is the Coordinator of Online Learning and Professional Development with the North Allegheny School District. Prior to being appointed to this position in 2010, Karyn was a mathematics teacher for 20 years. Karyn is passionate about making learning more engaging for students. She have presented at several state and national conferences on professional development best practices, classroom instruction, and educational... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 322

9:10am

Privacy Ratings for Apps? What's That?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you know how the apps you're using use and share student information? Learn how to navigate Common Sense's new privacy ratings and the implications for your school. Discuss the importance of privacy and data use for educators. Share practices at your school and learn from others. This session is for classroom teachers and administrators.

Co-Speaker
avatar for Ed McKaveney

Ed McKaveney

Technology Director, Hampton Township School District
#EdTech Director @Hampton_Talbots | Chair PA @CoSN, Withrow CTO Award winner, CETL | @PAECT Board member/Outstanding Leader | @FBIPghCAAA Board member | SciTech Explorer - | | Having worked with educational technologies and media in higher education and K-12 my entire career, I have been continuously focused on faculty development, operational success, and the advancement of student learning through innovative ideas powered by technology. As... Read More →

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 311

9:10am

Redesigning Learning Spaces - IU 1, 3 and 7
Limited Capacity seats available

Co-Speaker
Speakers
avatar for Kevin Conner

Kevin Conner

Instructional Technology Specialist, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Passionate about shifting the roles of teachers and learners, and seeing more than incremental change in the next few years.


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 326

9:10am

Teaching Innovation in Alternative/Special Education
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore innovative educational opportunities on how to effectively incorporate new programs and initiatives with students of all learning abilities. Participants will learn more on technology and digital fabrication tools used to enhance STEAM learning in alternative and special education programs. Topics include Fab Lab education, Inventionland Institute Online Curriculum, Zuluma, Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), The Andy Warhol Museum, Bricolage, and more.

Co-Speaker
avatar for Jenny Lent

Jenny Lent

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Intermediate Unit 1

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Room 307

9:10am

Transforming Classroom Instruction with Kandoolu Personalized Learning
Limited Capacity full

Bart Rocco, Superintendent of Elizabeth Forward and Chris Sweeney, President of OnHand Schools, will talk about the Targeted Learning Moments (TLM) initiative, a regional collaboration of teachers, districts, IU’s, foundations and technologists working to deliver a transformational Personalized Learning solution to schools in SWPA. Being launched publicly at TRETC, the Kandoolu Learning Navigator is an easy to use mobile app that works on any device. It enables personalized, PA Core aligned instruction that engages students, empowers teachers and accelerates student achievement. In the session, the team will demonstrate the tool and discuss emerging use cases to leverage real-time feedback with new instructional strategies and follow-up activities that can be tailored to meet the needs of each student.

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DB

Dr. Bart Rocco

Superintendent of Schools, Elizabeth Forward School District


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:10am - 10:10am
Montour HS Cafeteria McKees Rocks, PA

10:15am

How 'Cyber' secure is your K-12 & STEM Environment? What to look for and what not to do.
Limited Capacity seats available

The growth of new education technologies in our classrooms is placing a huge importance on the infrastructure of a school. These infrastructures need to work without fail so that the one-to-one programs, online assessment tools and the STEM/Teaching IoT devices bring student success. With cyber breaches on the rise, this session looks at the trends in K-12 and how to secure your cyber infrastructure to adapt to these demands. Through a panel discussion, we ask “is it really secure enough for the latest teaching with IoT and STEM devices?”

Co-Speaker
avatar for Ed McKaveney

Ed McKaveney

Technology Director, Hampton Township School District
#EdTech Director @Hampton_Talbots | Chair PA @CoSN, Withrow CTO Award winner, CETL | @PAECT Board member/Outstanding Leader | @FBIPghCAAA Board member | SciTech Explorer - | | Having worked with educational technologies and media in higher education and K-12 my entire career, I have been continuously focused on faculty development, operational success, and the advancement of student learning through innovative ideas powered by technology. As... Read More →

Speakers

Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 305

10:15am

Let Learning Happen: Using SOLE to Reimagine How Learning and Technology Collide
Limited Capacity filling up

Do we have to force learning, or can it just happen? This interactive session will take participants through a classroom lesson at Nationally Recognized MC2 STEM High School, where teachers use SOLE and Project-Based Learning to engage students in critical thinking and making meaning. MC2 STEM High School is a part of a large, urban school district with 100% free and reduced lunch, this session will prove that this type of learning can happen anytime, anywhere regardless of access to resources.

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 307

10:15am

Design Challenges for the Real World
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover how high school students from multiple schools become consultants to solve real-world problems at the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) in Pittsburgh. Students respond to a Request for Proposal and submit a collaborative proposal for clients, such as Penn State University.

Speakers
avatar for Norton Gusky

Norton Gusky

Educational Technology Broker, NLG Consulting LLC
For over thirty years Norton Gusky has demonstrated in his teaching the power of technology as a tool for empowering kids, educators, and communities. Norton believes that technology offers students a tool for creative production, communications, and collaboration. Norton believes in empowering educators. Norton teaches two courses at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University where he has been flipping his classroom for the past four... Read More →



Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 326

10:15am

Learning from Students: Let them Lead
Limited Capacity filling up

Please take the survey to help us get to know our attendees, the students will be sharing examples which will be most relevant and useful for attendees. https://goo.gl/sC4H8L

For this session, the students will be taking over and sharing their experiences and projects using digital tools. Several students will present a session on some of the digital tools that they believe enhance communication, collaboration and creativity in the classroom. Students who have become advocates for the use of technology in the classroom will share their experiences, teach and interact with attendees using  different digital tools.
Topics will include tools which can be used for Assessment, Project Based Learning, Interactive Lessons, Communication and Collaboration.  Some of the tools shared have multiple uses and students are excited to lead the session and teach.  
They are very excited to present and share their work and ideas.  


Speakers
avatar for Rachelle Dene Poth

Rachelle Dene Poth

Foreign Language Teacher, Riverview Jr Sr High School
I am a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT? Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. I am also an attorney and earned my Juris Doctor Degree from Duquesne University School of Law and recently my Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology also from Duquesne. I enjoy presenting at conferences on technology and learning more ways to benefit student learning. I am the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 309

10:15am

Technology that Reflects
Limited Capacity seats available

A discussion on the importance of integrating media that is reflective of a diverse population. In addition, to resources to assist educators in identifying diverse apps and media.

Speakers


Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 324

10:15am

The Power to Invent: Embedding the Maker Movement in K-12 Education
Limited Capacity seats available

South Fayette Township School District is transforming traditional education by using the maker movement to embed vertically aligned computational thinking and design process initiatives into the curriculum. In this interactive panel session, we will provide an overview to help others develop a similar pathway for encouraging deeper learning through technology.

This presentation will feature the voices of an administrator, teachers, and elementary and middle school students to highlight the innovation and engagement taking place in our district.

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Montour HS Cafeteria McKees Rocks, PA

10:15am

Engaging Students in STEAM with the NEW Minecraft: Education Edition
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you want to engage your students in STEAM activities that truly integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in one program? Participants will learn how to utilize Microsoft’s newest version of Minecraft, Minecraft: Education Edition, to do just that. Learn from a secondary Science teacher and his students how Minecraft can be used as a resource to reinforce the concepts that apply to all of the elements of STEAM - such as scale, measurement, elements of the periodic table, use of color, and collaborative communication, to name just a few.

Speakers
JD

Jeremy Dawson

Science Teacher, Fort Cherry School District


Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 311

10:15am

Future Goals: Teaching Science, Math, & Engineering through Hockey
Limited Capacity seats available

Hockey Scholar is a no-cost online learning program that enables 5th-8th grade students to explore real-life applications of fundamental math, science, and engineering concepts using immersive Penguins-themed hockey simulations. Through twelve engaging learning modules rooted in the scientific method and aligned to both the PA Core math and NGSS standards, your students will have the chance to win their own Stanley Cup along with our hometown team's cup!

Co-Speaker
Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 322

10:15am

Level Up the Learning!
Limited Capacity filling up

Using technology in your lessons IS worthwhile! Incorporating technology into your lessons can help students gain a deep understanding of the content, as well as develop their 21st Century Skills. Learn how to use the SAMR model to get the most out of educational technology, and discover some of today’s most exciting tech tools.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel McVeagh

Rachel McVeagh

Teacher, Cornell School District


Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 318

10:15am

The Creative Zone
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will take you into The Creative Zone to examine the nature of creativity and its importance in the 21st century classroom. Emphasis will be placed on ways to create a classroom atmosphere that foster student curiosity and creativity. An examination of The Creative Process will provide the necessary steps for problem solving and innovation. The presentation will also focus on creativity principles that can be applied in all subjects and grade levels to enhance the creative thinking potential of students.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Dancho

Matt Dancho

Educational Technology Consultant, Matthew Dancho Consulting
My educational career has included positions as an elementary teacher, media specialist, gifted teacher, technology coordinator at an Intermediate Unit, and a mentor for the Classrooms for the Future initiative.


Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 308

10:15am

The Robot Petting Zoo and Makeathon
Limited Capacity seats available

The Robot Petting Zoo (RPZ) program engages students and educators in friendly making, coding, and design with a creative twist on the traditional hackathon. During an RPZ Makeathon, student groups create animatronic animals while learning empathic design thinking, teamwork, and engineering using cardboard, robotics kits, code, and craft supplies. Join us as we describe our experiences running RPZ Makeathons, and learn how you can run your own event.

Co-Speaker
NJ

Nicolas Jaramillo

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Speakers
TL

Tom Lauwers

Founder and Chief Roboticist, BirdBrain Technologies LLC


Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 320

10:15am

Book Studies: Not just for English Class anymore…
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to find ways to incorporate more reading into your curriculum? Looking for ways to assess student performance beyond quizzes & book reports? Have students engage in book studies, collaborating & creating projects to show they have learned and understand the underlying themes & how they relate to our world today.

Speakers
DS

Dominic Salvucci

Technology Integrator, PAECT


Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 11:15pm
Montour HS Auditorium McKees Rocks, PA

11:15am

Edtech Refinery & Remake Learning Zone
200 Level: Learn more about the Edtech Refinery and other Sprout Fund projects in the Remake Learning Zone.

Tuesday November 8, 2016 11:15am - 1:00pm
200 Level, Montour HS

11:15am

IU Colonial School - FAB Lab
100 Level: Interact with students from IU's Colonial School as they design, build, and create in the FAB Lab. 

Tuesday November 8, 2016 11:15am - 1:00pm
100 Level, Montour HS

11:15am

Student Film Screenings
Auditorium: Watch award-winning student videos from Propel Andrew Street and Burrell High School.

Tuesday November 8, 2016 11:15am - 1:00pm
Montour HS Auditorium McKees Rocks, PA

11:15am

Vendor Showcase
300 Level: Visit with nearly 40 local and national vendors to learn more about their offerings and how they can assist you in the classroom.

Tuesday November 8, 2016 11:15am - 1:00pm
300 Level, Montour HS

11:15am

Student Showcase
300 Level: See and hear examples of student work from Cornell, Holy Family Academy, Hopewell, Montour, and South Fayette.

Tuesday November 8, 2016 11:15am - 1:00pm
Montour High School 223 Clever Road, McKees Rocks, PA 15136

11:15am

Discover virtual worlds in the zSpace Virtual Immersion Lab and the transformED West space
The TransformED West space will be open for tours on the 200 Level of the high school during the lunch hours at TRETC.

Includes a Virtual Reality Showcase:  The Virtual Reality Showcase will provide educators a glimpse of how virtual and augmented reality will enhance learning in classrooms of the near future.  


Tuesday November 8, 2016 11:15am - 1:00pm
200 Level, Montour HS

11:15am

Virtual Reality Showcase
Visit TransformED WEST at Montour High School during the 2016 ThreeRivers Educational Technology Conference for a glimpse into how virtualand augmented reality will enhance learning in classrooms of the near future.

Experience the work of:
CMU Entertainment Technology Center: Rabbit and Fox is a game for theOculus Rift that takes place in a theater, with the guest controlling the narrationusing a book before them, and Doors is a strategy survival game for the HTC Vive
Schell Games: Happy Atoms is an augmented reality chemistry modeling toolthat lets you discover the world of molecules in an intuitive, hands-on way
SocialVR: SocialVR is an easy-to-use browser based authoring tool tocreate VR stories using 360-photos, videos, and interactive media hotspots
Allegheny Intermediate Unit: Demonstrations of the HTC Vive,including Google TiltBrush, which allows you to paint in 3D space, andan opportunity to recommend new technologies to be added to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation STEAM Lending Library

Please contact Tyler Samstag (tyler.samstag@aiu3.net) for moreinformation.


Tuesday November 8, 2016 11:15am - 1:00pm
200 Level, Montour HS

11:20am

Lunch Session 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Tuesday November 8, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Montour HS Cafeteria McKees Rocks, PA

12:05pm

Lunch Session 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Tuesday November 8, 2016 12:05pm - 12:50pm
Montour HS Cafeteria McKees Rocks, PA

1:00pm

Beginning the conversation: uncovering how we can assess computational thinking and project-based learning
Limited Capacity seats available

The future of education means that our schools must have the ability to prepare our students to be innovative thought leaders capable of leading an inclusivity and innovation-driven society. How do we develop curricula designed to nurture innovation and children's sense of agency? Many districts are adopting computational thinking as the new literacy and others are embedding STEAM learning and culturally responsive project-based learning to drive innovation.

In this participatory panel discussion you will learn about strategies being piloted in South Fayette School District and Pittsburgh Public Schools to access computational thinking, and you will be able to share your thoughts and views as well. There are no clear answers in this new field of learning, but there are passionate educators like you, with a shared vision, who are working together to remake teaching and learning. We would love for you to join us!

Co-Speaker
Speakers
SD

Stephanie DeLuca

Curriculum, Innovation, Technology Coordinator, South Fayette School District


Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 305

1:00pm

Go Formative! An interactive session on Digital Formative Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring an internet-connected device and learn about the newest, FREE student response system and formative assessment platform. If you like tools like Google Forms, Socrative, Kahoot, Infuse Learning (RIP), etc then this session is for you. This web-based tool allows students to work in real-time, let's students draw, enables instant feedback, simple standards tagging, the ability to transform pre-existing pdfs and much much more.

Speakers
EM

Ethan Myler

5th grade technology, Bethel Park School District


Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Montour HS Cafeteria McKees Rocks, PA

1:00pm

Establishing a right-sized Information Security Program for K12
Limited Capacity seats available

As threats to technology systems and data are on an exponential rise, the development of an information security program becomes critically important to combat and address technology risk.   An effective Information Security and risk management goes well beyond the implementation of just security enforcement technologies and products.  It is the intersection of People, Process and Technology that creates a risk management lifecycle capable of being repeatable and sustainable within an organization.   Using a continuous risk management approach it helps an organization address the ever-changing threat and vulnerability landscape to systems and data.

Program Objectives:

 

Attendees will learn about developing an Information Security Program using a continuous risk management lifecycle approach.   We will identify the components of a security program, review the continuous risk management methods and demonstrate how these concepts can be designed to fit into any organization regardless of size or industry.  We will review a sample of leading information security frameworks, standards and control structures that can be used as a foundation to building an effective continuous risk management program.  Discussions on how and where to get started on building a continuous risk management program will be presented with recommendations on how to get started in your organization. 


Speakers
JA

John A. Otte

Principal Security Strategist Lead Auditor, ePlus Technology Inc
John A. Otte, C|CISO, CISSP, CISA, CISM, MBA, MSIA, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor | ePlus Technology, inc - Principal Security Strategist | | John is the Principal Security Strategist for ePlus. John is an accomplished Information Security and data protection professional with over 15 years of Systems Security Audit and controls experience. His vast experience includes over 20 years of Information Technology and engineering experience in the US... Read More →



Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 318

1:00pm

Introduction to IPv6
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide an introduction to IPv6 including how it works, similarities to IPv4, implementation strategies, and the reasons for moving to a dual stacked network. Hempfield School District has fully implemented IPv6 as part of our infrastructure upgrades supporting a 1:1 iPad initiative.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Director of Technology, Hempfield School District
Mike Graham has been the Director of Technology for the Hempfield School District for the last eight years, previously working as the district's Assistant Director and Systems Administrator. He holds degrees in Educational Technology Management and Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. His work at Hempfield is strongly focused on systems integration and ensuring the many technology applications in place work in support of the... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 306

1:00pm

Mapping Regional Resources to ISTE Student Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

The Remake Learning Council Tech Enhanced Learning Working Group mapped regional technology and program resources that address the recently released ISTE Student Standards. This workshop will share the publication and insights from regional educators on how you can begin to address these standards in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Sekula

Anne Sekula

Director, Remake Learning Council
Director of the Remake Learning Council, that is the advisory board to a network of regional education innovators.


Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 320

1:00pm

Office 365 vs. G-Suite for Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Education continue to duke it out to try to take home the title of best cloud platform for K-12 institutions. While Google emerged as the clear leader, Microsoft has come back swinging with a few new tricks of their own. This session will examine the key features of each for schools to help you determine which might be the best option for your school or district.

Learning Objectives:
Enhance participants' knowledge of the benefits of cloud-based solutions in education.
Examine the features, similarities, and differences between O365 and GAFE.
Apply this knowledge to make positive changes in your own school or district.

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Christine Smith

Teaching & Learning Consultant, All Covered Education
Teaching & Learning Consultant, All Covered Education

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Holly Rougeaux

Coordinator of Instructional Technology PreK-12, Indiana Area School District
Instructional Technology Coordinator, Indiana Area School District | Indiana Area School District is a Google School with a robust 1:1 program at the secondary level. Students and teachers continue to transform education to empower our learners as explore and implement blended and personalized learning. G Suite for Education is an integral tool in collaborative learning from the elementary level to secondary level.


Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 307

1:00pm

Maker Tech: Tools to Support Creativity
Limited Capacity full

This session will provide educators with the knowledge and hands-on experience with tools that can support creativity and collaboration in school makerspaces, libraries, and classrooms. STEAM education and the Maker Movement are being infused in all aspects of education. The tools to support this learning can be very high-tech or low-tech. Teachers and school leaders will benefit from learning about a variety of "Maker Tech" that can enhance teaching and learning in their schools.

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Jacie Maslyk

Assistant Superintendent, Hopewell Area School District


Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 311

1:00pm

Tapping into Technology: Pulling Middle School Learners into Authentic Literacy Through Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

In this presentation we will be sharing ways in which we have developed digital literacy activities to pique student interest and engage a passion for literacy in these formative, middle school years. We plan to introduce our audience to three different approaches to incorporating technology into an English/language arts classroom: 1. A book review project that uses the Touchcast and Aurasma apps to create a permanent, interactive book review for our library, 2. Our book trailer project combined a novel study with the iMovie app to create a presentation for the author of the novel, 3. Finally, our Shakespeare unit incorporates film production, acting and editing using iPads, Chromebooks, and Google Apps.

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Nicole Lash

Librarian, Hopewell School District

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 324

1:00pm

Civilizing STEM - The Ripple Effect of Humanity-Centered STEM Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Tired of hearing about the latest gadget that is supposed to "revolutionize" STEM education? We are too! Instead, we ought to discuss the "WHY" questions surrounding STEM education. This interactive presentation will challenge your assumptions about the value of 3D printers, coding, and drones while providing a framework, and a step-by-step guide for teachers and schools, to help build STEM programs that are focused on humanity and the greater good. 

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Justin Aglio

Director of Innovation, Montour School District
"Justin Aglio is the Director of Innovation at Montour School District. Justin has been nationally recognized for helping children and families and as a leader in educational reform. Justin was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT) as the 2014 Outstanding Leader of the Year and 2013 International Society for Technology of Education (ISTE) as an Emerging Leader. Justin was one of three... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 322

1:00pm

Incorporating PBL/STEAM into the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This course will give an overview of how reading and math teachers can present their curriculum by incorporating aspects of STEAM and Project Based Learning. Presenters will be giving examples of how STEAM and PBL have come to life and created real-world and 21st century experiences for their students.

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Elizabeth Poluszejko

Teacher, South Fayette School District

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 309

1:00pm

Interpreting Primary Sources with Stop Motion
Limited Capacity seats available

A photograph. A document. A song. Each of these can serve as a pathway to learning about the past through the clearest lens possible - a primary source. While primary sources are not at all new to teaching social studies, ho By employing primary sources in conjunction with digital storytelling tools including stop motion, amongst others, we are teaching students research, interpretation, creativity, thinking, writing, and collaboration skills. This presentation will provide resources for getting started in locating primary sources as well as the strategies and tools that you can use within your classroom to enable students to collaborate and create their own stories using stop motion animation on an iOS or Android device.

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 326

1:00pm

Small Steps Toward STEAM
Limited Capacity seats available

Lacking STEAM? Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math into your classroom is easier than you think. Please join us for an easy presentation and an ongoing discussion on how to easily apply the STEAM and Making Movements into your room tomorrow. Practical ideas to help both you and your students grow!

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Kelly Foster

Teacher, Cornell School District

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 308

1:00pm

Using Technology to Build Literacy
Limited Capacity filling up

When challenged to read dense and complex text, many students might shut down or give up. So how do we as teachers keep them engaged and not only support them, but also promote critical thinking skills. This session will show teachers how collaboration and technology can be used in meaningful ways to “recompose” text and enhance comprehension. See http://baldwinhighschoollibrary.weebly.com/ for examples.

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Adam Foote

Baldwin High School

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Brigetta Del Re

Library Media Specialist, Baldwin High School


Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 337

1:00pm

You just added ALL of this technology in your schools, NOW WHAT?
Limited Capacity seats available

BIO:
Dr. Todd Keruskin joined the Elizabeth Forward School District in Elizabeth, PA, as an assistant superintendent in 2009 after serving for 13 years first as a physics and math teacher and then as a high school administrator for two other school districts in the Pittsburgh region.  Elizabeth Forward School District has been named a Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools from Washington, DC and Apple Inc. recognized the school district as an Apple Distinguished Program under his tenure.  Dr. Keruskin won the 2015 DILA Award in Silicon Valley, CA presented by EdSurge and Digital Promise in the category of “Learning Ninja.”  Dr. Keruskin also worked on the 2026 STEM Plan with the White House and the US Department of Education and has presented at the White House on the maker movement and Elizabeth Forward’s K-12 computational thinking curriculum. THE Journal recognized Dr. Keruskin as one of the top innovative administrators in the country, because of his development of a high school gaming curriculum, FABLabs, converting traditional school libraries into media centers, 1:1 iPad initiative, personalized learning and the founder of the Pittsburgh SMALLab Consortium and the Pittsburgh FAB Network.




Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Montour HS Auditorium McKees Rocks, PA

2:05pm

Using Social Media to grow your PLN
Limited Capacity seats available

The use of social media (Voxer, Twitter, Facebook, etc) allows teachers and school leaders to connect with other educators around the globe, share ideas, and share a positive message about school and education. This lesson will provide practical tips and tricks for getting and staying connected!

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Emily Clare

High School Principal, Avonworth


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 305

2:05pm

Creating Quality Content For Personalized Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you using your Google Apps to their fullest potential? Rethink the worksheet and engage students into deeper levels of media and content by creating hyper Google Docs and interactive Google Slide presentations. Attendees will publish and embed their content into their Learning Management System (such as Schoology) to create a visually appealing and engaging online courses.

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Cathie Gillner

Middle School Teacher, Fox Chapel Area School District



Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 326

2:05pm

Fostering Digital Literacy in Elementary and Middle School
Limited Capacity seats available

Using online news articles, students read weekly articles and post responses as a blog. Also, create online assessments using Google Forms.

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K.D. Meucci

4th Grade, Bethel Park School District


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Montour HS Auditorium McKees Rocks, PA

2:05pm

Here's the Key: Unlock 3D Printing for Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

A significant update to 2015 TRETC presentation, will include new INVENT3D Printer Kit and results from the Gates Foundation grant to South Fayette School District which funded implementation and assessment of INVENTORcloud curriculum and INVENT3D Printer. Educators are faced with challenge of how to create the environment to inspire students to learn and succeed in a dynamic world which includes 3D printing, innovative design tools, and distributed and collective learning opportunities. This presentation will highlight emerging technologies, teaching pedagogies, learning experiences and professional development support that can prepare students of today for success in tomorrow’s world of almost unfathomable developments, evolving career demands and workforce needs. www.inventorcloud.net for more information.

Learning objectives: 
1: Effective use of 3D printer & related technologies in learning environments

2: How to augment PBL and IBL with design process and prototyping tools

3: Inculcate 21st century skills with 3D printer


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John (Jack) Scott

Chairman of Board, Advanced Methods in Innovation, 501 c 3
Chairman of the Board, Advanced Methods in Innovation


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 324

2:05pm

Innovation is Not an Event: Building Curricular Units Across Grade Levels
Limited Capacity seats available

I will talk about how the library has taken on the responsibility of implementing STEAM activities into our curriculum, and how it has generated excitement from classroom teachers. We just put in Innovation Spaces into each elementary building and we have ordered "start-up" kits and collaborated with the PTC to get our STEAM program off the ground.

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Jessica Huzzard

Library Media Specialist, Moon Area SD


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 322

2:05pm

Read, Write, Make! Making and Literacy in Grades K-3
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop provides teachers with ideas for combining early literacy and writing instruction with Making. It will include ideas for incorporating both low and high tech tools for making, such as Scratch, Makey Makey, soft and squishy circuits, light painting, cardboard construction etc. with reading and writing in the early grades while meeting Common Core State Standards and within the 21st Century Learning Standards

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Aimee DeFoe

Assistant Principal/Teacher, Kentucky Avenue School


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 320

2:05pm

Cultivating Digital Citizens using Google Apps
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers of all subject areas can find ways to integrate digital citizenship instruction into their curriculum. Learn about the ELA, math, and NGSS connections with digital citizenship topics, and how one teacher uses Google Apps for Education to address technical skill development while addresses those topics.

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 311

2:05pm

Design Thinking in the Classroom: Rapid Prototyping with Low or No Tech
Limited Capacity seats available

Rapid prototyping is a valuable method used by human-centered designers to make ideas tangible and obtain feedback quickly from potential users. These low-fidelity prototypes--often constructed from everyday objects and materials--are intended simply to convey a rough idea, allowing designers to adapt and iterate quickly based on feedback provided by the users for whom they are designing. This session will explore the fundamentals of rapid prototyping as both a teaching method and a practice that can be used by educators to design innovative solutions to problems faced in their schools.

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Erin Oldynski

STEAM Program Lead, TechShop
Erin grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Pittsburgh Public Schools from elementary school through graduation from Brashear High School. She worked in Canada for 8 years as a researcher for the University of Toronto, a civil servant for the Department of Foreign Affairs, and a Campaigner for several non-profit organizations and labor unions. She has worked for the Mayor's Office of Pittsburgh as a Community Outreach Specialist to engage and train... Read More →

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Tyler Samstag

Director of Instructional Innovation, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Tyler has worked as a special education teacher and reading specialist for nearly ten years in New York City and Boston, implementing research-based literacy interventions in an array of non-traditional academic settings, including juvenile correctional facilities and residential psychiatric hospitals. | | While living in Boston, Tyler completed an internship with the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), a nonprofit education research... Read More →


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 318

2:05pm

Green Screen- Just a Fad or a Real Instructional Tool
Limited Capacity seats available

Green Screen projects can unleash your students creativity & transform their presentations anywhere. Lets take a look at ways green screening can be incorporated into any classroom, no fancy studio setup needed. Http://bit.ly/GSTRETC2016

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Jody Kokladas

Technology Integration Specialist, Shady Side Academy
I have over 15 years experience in PreK-12 education as a teacher and Technology Integration Specialist. I am a SMART certified trainor, DEN Star, and Google certified Educator. I love working with educators to integrate technology in effective ways that will engage and challenge students. I am eager to connect & collaborate with educators and edtech leaders across all academic areas and expertise levels.


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 309

2:05pm

Outside of the Box
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to turn a MakeyMakey into an everyday educational learning tool by coding with Scratch. Our teacher developed interactive learning tool can be used cross curricular and differentiated between grade levels.

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Robin Heigley

Cornell School District

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 308

2:05pm

Studio A: Developing Project-Based Learning Through Arts Integration & Design Thinking
Limited Capacity filling up

Avonworth School District, in conjunction with the Luma Institute and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, developed a workshop for educators to create project-based learning units through the arts and design thinking.

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avatar for Dr. Tom Ralston

Dr. Tom Ralston

Superintendent, Avonworth School District
I am the superintendent of Avonworth School District, a K-12 public school located 10 miles north of Pittsburgh. Avonworth School District is a member of Remake Learning and is committed to providing students with rigorous, engaging learning experiences that will prepare them for the present and future.

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Ken Lockette

Assistant Superintendent, Avonworth School District


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 307

2:05pm

Teachers as 'Edu-preneurs'
Limited Capacity seats available

As the winners of Startup Weekend Edu, the Project Playground team has spent the past year and a half developing and piloting our software tool to measure and improve students' collaboration skills in the elementary school classroom. As educators who recognized collaboration as a pain point in the classroom, the team has reached out to the many resources available to us in the Pittsburgh region in order to turn our idea into a real product that is useful and usable not only in our own classrooms, but in others' classrooms as well.

Teachers are naturally innovators, and during this interactive panel (featuring myself as moderator, Aileen Owens from the South Fayette Township School district where our product was piloted, a representative from the Sprout Fund's EdTech Refinery Program, and a business counselor from the Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship), we will engage the audience in thinking about how they too can try their hand at "Edu-preneurship" as a way to bring their ideas to life.

This panel is NOT a product pitch--while we will be talking about our software in the context of "Edu-preneurs", our focus is on the process.

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Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room 306

2:05pm

The Best Things in Life are Free; Teaching digital learners on a budget.
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching Generation Z can be challenging. Finding inexpensive technologies that are of value can be a tremendous hurdle. We, as teachers, often worry how to accommodate these digital natives in the 21st century. This session will share free technology resources and low budget ideas to use with your students as they enter the digital world.

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Kiley Zibert

Fort Cherry School District

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Keara Welsh

K-6 STEAM teacher, Fort Cherry


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Montour HS Cafeteria McKees Rocks, PA

3:10pm

Wrap Up and ENGAGE Session with Dale Carnegie Training

Join us for this active, fun session where together we learn a new technique that will help us prosper in our schools, with the people around us, and at home.  We'll also reflect on the lessons learned earlier in the day, and additional fun & empowering PD opportunities.  Facilitated by David Radin of Dale Carnegie Training Institute.


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Tuesday November 8, 2016 3:10pm - 3:30pm
Montour HS Cafeteria McKees Rocks, PA